So you have an Essentials 2012 and want to migrate from Windows Server 2003 and can’t?

You’ll want to check out this workaround….

Server migration tool problem:
I’m trying to migrate a Windows 2003 SP2 (R1) to Server 2012 Essentials. It won’t allow migration until the Server Migration Tool is run on the old server. However, it stops at the beginning of the process with an error that the DFS Replication service is not running. But as far as I know, the DFS Replication service did not exist until Server 2003 R2. How can I get around this?


1. Open SBSMigrationPrep.ps1 located in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer

2\Models\SBSMigrationPrep in Notepad.
Find “DFSR”
3. We will get the function as shown bellow
function Check-DFSReplicationServiceStatus()
$service = Get-Service -Name ‘DFSR’
$status = $service.Status
< DFSReplicationServiceStatusSection>
< /DFSReplicationServiceStatusSection>

4. Change the contents of “$service = Get-Service -Name ‘DFSR'” to $service = Get-Service -Name ‘DFS’

Once we have done this re-run the Migration and Preparation Tool


3 Responses to Wanting to migrate from Server 2003 and can’t?

  1. Susan, yet again you are a diamond! I am booked in for a 2003 to 2012 migration next week. Your timing is perfect!

    Thank you 🙂

  2. Dave Collins says:

    When I try to install 2012 Essentials, the option to install it in Migration mode is not there. I have SBS2003, have already run the prep tool, but can’t seem to find out how to install 2012 so it’s ready for Migration….

    All the docs say it should be a selectable option during installation, but I am not seeing anywhere. Any ideas?????

  3. bradley says:

    First off post in the essentials forums not on a blog for better support. You sure you are installing Essentials as the migration option should be there.